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Trading one Knick reject for another

Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:19 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2009 11:34 pm

There must be more than meets the eye when it comes to the trade reported by the Los Angeles Times in which the Clippers send Zach Randolph to the Memphis Grizzlies for Quentin Richardson. Z-Bo makes $6.6 million more than Q-Rich and has two years left on his contract as opposed to Richardson's one. Memphis is under the cap, so the trade doesn't have to satisfy the 125 percent rule. Still, the Clippers should feel fortunate to have found such a willing taker.

But let's not let that get in the way of our euphoria -- our flat-out ecstasy -- over this trade.

Quentin Richardson was one of the first bad contracts acquired by Isiah Thomas when he took over as president of the Knicks. Zach Randolph was another one. One of the worst. It was a miracle that Isiah was there to take Z-Bo from the Clippers Blazers on draft night a couple of years ago.

Now we have one bad Knicks contract traded for another one. Eureka! Mike Dunleavy and Chris Wallace, the respective GMs, have found the holy grail. Next they will pay down the federal debt, cure cancer, and meet in the Western Conference Finals.

We should all enjoy this moment, but we should be a little bit afraid. Trading one Isiah production for another is sort of like Desmond forgetting to push the button on Lost. This trade could unleash a tidal wave of forces way beyond our comprehension and control.

What's next? Eddy Curry for Jerome James?

But I digress. The real, honest-to-God basketball significance of this trade is two-fold. One, for some reason, the Grizzlies have decided to do the Clippers a favor by taking back Randolph, with two years left on his contract, in exchange for Richardson, who has only one year left. So as I mentioned, there has to be something else going on here. And two, the Grizzlies are officially out of the David Lee sweepstakes. With Randolph at power forward, the Grizzlies have no use for the Knicks' restricted free agent.

So to recap: A trade involving one obscene contract previously acquired by Isiah Thomas for another obscene contract previously acquired by Isiah Thomas results in a trade that ... helps the Knicks?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And throw some salt over your shoulder while you're at it.


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 2:50 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

Isiah Thomas and the Knicks made a million stupid fiscal decisions that paid the players ridiculously but New York failed to see if they fit into their scheme and would work out. No one can deny Randolph's productivity when he is healthy. He also might have an attitude but those can be changed through time.  You can't change size and athleticism, and he has both. Yep, the Grizzlies have an extra year but who were they luring away in the big 2010 crop. NO ONE!  Gay, Warrick, Conley, Mayo are all explosive and while Maeteyo and Gay have already seemed to come into their own, we will see about Conley but no denying his ability to push the ball. Then, downlow you have a 19-9 PF in Randolph, a pure defensive beast in Thabeet and Marc Gasol turned out to be quite the pleasant surprise. None of them except Randolph are getting PAID by NBA standards really. So if you aren't going to win now? Why not put up a fight and gain some experience so maybe one day you can compete perenially. It isn't like they have the legacy or lure of a big city to draw a talent of Randolph's caliber. Attitude-again, yes but that can be harnessed. If an attitude problem was career ending, why is every contender blowing up Rasheed Wallace?  This gives them 10 more wins if he stays healthy.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 2:37 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

Lay off my boy Berger! The guy is forced to write like 35 pin ups a day on trades that may or may not be happening, have happened, or could possibly happen.

For Autumn Clown, you say that Berger wrote an immature article trashing Randolph, then you turn around and write an immature post trashing Berger. Well played, genius. I am sure that everyone is going to read a long article going over the intricacies of the esteemed careers of Zack Randolph and Quentin Richardson. Oh wait, whats that you say? They are both scrubs who have limited games? Zack Randolph looks like the fat guy, Tyrone, who drove the car in Snatch? Randolph only comes to play about every third game? Puts up stats on garbage teams? Richardson never met a 3 he didn't like? Has no inside game? Suspect defense? Yeah, who wouldn't want an in-depth look at those guys.

The Clippers have no team identity. They are looking to cut costs. Memphis is at least competitive, but if you think that fat boy Randolph and javelin-thin Thabeet are a winning front court, then good luck with that.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 1:54 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

lol..thats what i think about all the pub that zach randolph gets his numbers mean nothing cause they are always on bad teams and he is not  winner if u notice for all of isiah's problems with KNICKS he took alot of losers and seeing how thomas' trademark was winning it has to surprise people that he wasted so much time on guys who don't care about winning memphis will regret putting that poison in the middle of a young lockerroom..another reason why they continue to lose

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2009 1:43 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

and doesn't CBS have editors/proofreaders who check these stories before they print them??? Of course they don't. Don't you know times are tough? How else are the executives at CBS gonna get their bonuses unless they layoff some measley proofreaders?

Berger probably wrote this while drinking gin and tonics and getting Cheetos all over his bath robe.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:53 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

I didn't know that a 20 year old playing randomly in one season could be considered a "stiff". I would like to see you guard him though since you have been so quick to judge LDK..

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:47 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

I agree Randolph makes a good addition to an already strong front court. Gay who's a scoreing machine and Mayo who's coming off a great rookie year just got a little bit of a break with another player that can score as well and take some pressure off of them. Zach Randolph doesn't get alot of credit because unfortuantly for him in L.A. He was trying to do it all with all the injuries last year to Kaman and Davis being hurt most of the season.

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:38 am

Trading one Knick reject for another


Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:13 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

Deandre Jordan is a stiff.  He couldnt get 7-8 minutes a night for the Bricks.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:08 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

Is LSD back?

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:00 am

negative, sarcastic, not-so-clever, garbage

Zach Randolph is a solid basketball player. You could argue that he is a very good basketball player. Here are his last six seasons: 20.1 points a game and 10.5 rebounds; 18.9 and 9.6; 18.0 and 8.0; 23.6 and 10.1; 17.6 and 10.3; 20.8 and 10.1. Those are outstanding numbers. 
This writer, Berger, doesn't like Randolph, though, so he ridicules and trashes the guy mercilessly. Take your personal problems to a psychiatrist and use this space for facts, please. 
I don't mind that you feel that Randolph is grossly overpaid. Unfortunately too many decisions in basketball are caused by the salary cap, which doesn't take into account the value of the player-- only his salary. It's a legitimate, although very boring part of most trades in the NBA. Go ahead and mention it in all of your articles about free-agent signings and trades. But try to keep the cheap shots out of it. Try to objectively evaluate a player. Zach Randolph played very well last year. When he was with the Knick's they had their best run of the year, and when he was with the Clippers they immediately took off on a tear. Proving his worth to the Clippers, they went into the tank when he was injured. Let me repeat: Zach Randolph is a good basketball player.
Berger is a bum. Berger is not a bum just because I don't like him, Berger is a bum because he doesn't do his job. Berger is a bum because he decided to write a immature, bitter, and negative article when a factual, analytical article was called for. where are each player's statistics over the last few years in your article, Berger? Where is the analysis on how each player will fit into his new team? Is either player going to start? Who are each player's competition for starting positions? You won't find the answers to any of those questions in this article. Berger is a bum because he thinks his one-liners (cheap shots) are more interesting to the reader than some cold hard facts and expert analysis.
Berger is a bum because he thinks immature, cynical, and bitter are witty, entertaining, and funny -- they aren't.

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